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3 Tips for Choosing Your Oracle Partner to Optimize Your Oracle Database

If data is the lifeblood of your company, then your Oracle Database would be your company’s heart and circulatory system.

Think about it: your database must process and circulate both old and new data constantly to every department (or limb) of your company 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, just as it’s up to you to keep your heart and blood flow optimized for your personal health and longevity, it’s also up to you to keep your company’s “heart” and “lifeblood” (database and data) optimized for your company’s health and longevity.

One of the most important aspects of your company’s “data healthcare” is to schedule regular checkups with a trusted, knowledgeable professional. Here’s how you can schedule your Oracle Database “checkups,” better known as “optimizations,” by choosing a trusted, knowledgeable Oracle partner.

1. Check on Your Oracle Partner’s Experience with Oracle Database

The first critical step in hiring the right Oracle partner to optimize your Oracle Database for your data “healthcare” is to find someone with experience that’s relevant to your exact needs.

One of the most important services an outsourced Database Administrator (DBA) will offer is strategy, but to properly strategize for your needs, your Oracle partner must know:

  • Your industry
  • Your business size
  • Your footprint (global, national, or local with multiple offices)
  • Your data usage needs

Having the right experience will help your Oracle partner understand you without too much explanation on your part. This experience is critical because if you’re needing to optimize your Oracle Database, you won’t have time to train a newcomer about your industry.

2. Look for a Partner with Curiosity

Let’s return to that healthcare metaphor. A good doctor understands that all bodies are unique, and a good Oracle Database consultant understands that all databases and businesses are unique.

Therefore, when choosing your experienced partner, make sure you don’t mistake a one-size-fits-all method for know-how. Look for a partner that is willing to modify their processes to fit your needs (instead of the other way around).

How can you tell that your partner won’t subject you to a rigid, rookie, one-size-fits-all model? Because a flexible, knowledgeable database expert will show curiosity about your needs, your processes, your bottlenecks, and your goals. In other words, an expert will ask a lot of questions.

Your in-house team of DBAs will know all of this information simply through their day-to-day work with your Oracle Database, so when you’ve found a database consultant who asks your team intelligent, industry-savvy questions, you may have found the right Oracle partner. (It really is like finding a doctor!)

3. Investigate the Partner’s Cloud Experience

In October 2018, Gartner released a prediction that “by 2023, 75% of all databases will be on a cloud platform.” In other words, cloud is the future of business and cloud database is the future of databases. Maybe not now, but eventually you’ll want to take advantage of all the cloud has to offer — and when that time comes, you’ll want to have already established a relationship with an Oracle Database Cloud expert.

This one, you can think of as “preventative care.” By choosing a forward-looking Oracle partner that has built an impressive skill set around cloud technology, you’ll have the freedom to quickly update your database technology. You can choose the self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud as soon as your on-premises database shows evidence that it’s falling behind.

Choose the Right Oracle Partner to Optimize Your Oracle Database – Now and in the Future

For more than 20 years, Centroid has helped enterprise leaders across a wide range of industries develop, implement, and manage their Oracle Databases, ensuring optimum database performance and access at all times.

Whether you’re looking to implement a world-class Oracle Database, get additional tuning assistance from a database expert, switch to the seamless performance of an Exadata solution, or make the leap to Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, Centroid has the experience and knowledge to get you where you want to be.

 

Start your search for the right Oracle partner to optimize your Oracle Database when you learn more about our database services.